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PFT's Week Two picks

[Editor’s note:  Each week, Rosenthal and I will go head to head,
picking the winner of each game.  The guy who does worse each week gets
to be the one to copy and paste together the text the next week.  Last week, we tied.  The NBC Competition Committee decided that I should have to copy and paste it all together again.  And so I’ll take the high road and accept the ruling.  In three days, after everyone applauds me for taking the high road, I’ll bitch about it on the radio.]

[UPDATE:  As it turns out, we didn’t tie.  Rosenthal won.  And I should have kept my damn mouth shut when I realized that he’d counted his victories incorrectly.]

Bills at Packers

Florio’s take:  In Week Two of the 2009 season, the Packers hosted an AFC team, and the AFC team stole a win.  In Win Two of the 2010 season, another AFC team comes to town.  But there’s a big difference between last year’s Bengals and this year’s Bills.  Even with Packers running back Ryan Grant done for the year, Green Bay has too much talent — and the Bills don’t have nearly enough.

Florio’s pick:  Packers 42, Bills 19.

Rosenthal’s take: This reminds me of the blowout specials Florio used to get to pick last year when we split the workload.  You could try to make a case for the Bills, but you’d be trying too hard.  Buffalo doesn’t have the receiver depth to test Green Bay’s secondary.  The Bills’ three-headed running game was oddly underused last week.  Their screens were predictable.  Holes closed on C.J. Spiller a lot faster than they did at Clemson or in the preseason.  Don’t expect daylight this week. 

Rosenthal’s pick: Packers 27, Bills 10.

Dolphins at Vikings

Florio’s take:  The Vikings’ offense and the Dolphins’ defense cancel each other out.  So this one will come down to the ability of the Minnesota defense to bottle up the Miami offense.  Given that the Bills were able to keep the attack largely in check last week, the Vikings should have no problems shutting them down.

Florio’s pick:  Vikings 24, Dolphins 12.

Rosenthal’s take: Miami’s defense was impressive in Buffalo.  Mike Nolan did a lot of fun things with Karlos Dansby and Cameron Wake; they can get pressure on Brett Favre. Even short a few players, this is an improved linebacker group.  Favre also may not be ready to take advantage of a Dolphins secondary that features Benny Sappy a little too prominently.  There’s an old axiom that you shouldn’t pick a team to cover the spread unless you think they can win. 5.5 points feels like too much.  So let’s just go all the way and take the Dolphins in an upset special.  (I changed this pick at the last minute, which is the kiss of death.)  [Editor’s note:  Hey, Rosey, if you’re gonna pick the upset, just pick the upset and be done with it.]

Rosenthal’s pick: Dolphins 23, Vikings 21.

Chiefs at Browns

Florio’s take:  With former Patriot Scott Pioli running the Chiefs and former Patriot turncoat Eric Mangini coaching the Browns, this one carries a strong undercurrent of hostility.  Then there’s the fact that Browns running back Jerome Harrison shredded the K.C. defense for 286 yards last December.  Look for the new-look Chiefs to bring their new attitude to Ohio, and to send the Browns to a loss in the second of two games that most expected Cleveland to win.

Florio’s pick:  Chiefs 20, Browns 13.

Rosenthal’s take: Remember all the positive energy in Kansas City on Monday night?  Imagine that, but the complete opposite happening in Cleveland if the Browns fall behind Sunday.  Jake Delhomme’s injury doesn’t hurt the Browns, though.  Seneca Wallace is different, and could force the Browns coaches to get creative with a roster that begs for creativity to make up for a lack of talent.  Eric Mangini can’t afford to lose the Belichick B-team Bowl after last week’s collapse in Tampa.  Romeo Crennel knows just how to lose in Cleveland.

Rosenthal’s pick: Browns 17, Chiefs 14.

Bears at Cowboys

Florio’s take:  The Bears lucked into a win at home and the Cowboys squandered a victory of their own on the road.  This week, the Cowboys head back to Dallas, 25 years after the Bears authored a 44-0 beatdown of the ‘Boys.  The Bears haven’t won in Big D since the year after that game — and their streak of futility will continue.

Florio’s pick:  Cowboys 24, Bears 10.

Rosenthal’s take: No clue what to make of the Bears after last week.   Jay Cutler moved the ball very well, Matt Forte is revived, and the defense stuffed Detroit all day.  Yet they still needed a lucky call to save them from an opening loss at home.  The Cowboys are easier to read.  Their offensive line has problems and they know it.  The defense is great.  Will the return of two injured, older starting lineman be enough to turn things around?  It’s enough this week.

Rosenthal’s pick: Cowboys 24, Bears 20.

Cardinals at Falcons

Florio’s take:  The Cards barely beat a still-bad Rams team last week, and the Falcons gave fits to the Steelers on their home field.  Atlanta realizes that the window will close quickly if they can’t keep pace with the Saints.  Besides, Falcons are far more menacing birds.

Florio’s pick:  Falcons 28, Cardinals 20.

Rosenthal’s take: Arizona fans complaining about style points last week need to get a grip.  Kurt Warner has left the building.  This is a different Cardinals team, and they are going to have to win creatively while Derek Anderson figures things out. The guy led two impressive fourth-quarter drives last week and that will do for now.  Matt Ryan, on the other hand, has struggled to move the ball since the preseason.  I think Atlanta’s improved defense carries the day here.  Both these teams deserve to be 1-1. 

Rosenthal’s pick: Falcons 19, Cardinals 14. 

Buccaneers at Panthers

Florio’s take:  Since 2003, the Panthers have handled the Bucs on 11 of 14 occasions.  Though Tampa pulled off a minor surprise on Sunday against the Browns, the Panthers can be expected to take care of business on their own turf.  If they can’t, Carolina could be 0-5 at the bye.

Florio’s pick:  Panthers 24, Buccaneers 14.

Rosenthal’s take: The Bucs have a golden opportunity to go 2-0, even if Panthers starting quarterback Matt Moore plays as expected despite a concussion last week.  Raheem Morris has the Bucs defense looking improved, like they did at the end of last year.  These two similar teams fly well below the NFL radar and got against current league norms.  They want to win with running, defense, and not screwing things up too badly passing the ball.  John Fox has more practice.  And better running backs. 

Rosenthal’s pick: Panthers 20, Bucs 13.

Eagles at Lions

Florio’s take:  With Mike Vick making his first start since 2006, the question becomes whether he can play like he did against the Packers, who weren’t prepared to face him, when facing a Lions team that knows Vick will be the guy.  Lions coach Jim Schwartz never has had to defend Vick; when Schwartz served as defensive coordinator for the Titans, Schwartz’s team was the last one to play the Falcons before Vick returned from a broken leg.  Look for Schwartz to try to keep Vick in the pocket in the hopes that he’ll be forced to throw — and that he’ll force a few mistakes.  And then Kevin Kolb will get “healthy” quickly.

Florio’s pick:  Lions 20, Eagles 13.

Rosenthal’s take: The battle of the tortured fan bases.  The rest of the world learned about what it meant to be a Lions fan this week.  Week One, full of hope, they lost their young franchise quarterback and a game in the most painful way possible.  The Lions have a vertical passing attack with the weakest-armed quarterback in the league in Shaun Hill.  Eagles fans have it pretty good, but they like drama.  They talked up Kevin Kolb all offseason, then gave up on him after 30 minutes.  It’s hard to blame them after the way Michael Vick played last week.  Vick will put it to the Lions just to make this whole situation more ridiculous.

Rosenthal’s pick: Eagles 27, Lions 16.

Ravens at Bengals

Florio’s take:  The Bengals somehow swept the Ravens last year.  It won’t be happening again in 2010.  Baltimore looks as good as they ever have looked, and the Bengals looked nothing like they looked a year ago.  Look for Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis to continue to drop the hammer on anyone who looks in his direction.

Florio’s pick:  Ravens 23, Bengals 9.

Rosenthal’s take: The Bengals defense said they were confused early against the Patriots.  So were guys like Tedy Bruschi that picked Cincinnati to go to the Super Bowl.  At least the Bengals passing attack showed signs of life after the early disaster.  It may have been garbage time, but Carson Palmer couldn’t put up big stats any time last year.  Unlike the Jets, Cincinnati has the weapons to take advantage of Baltimore’s secondary.

Rosenthal’s pick: Bengals 27, Ravens 23.

Steelers at Titans

Florio’s take:  Last year, these two teams kicked off a season that many assumed would end in a playoff rematch.  Neither qualified for the postseason.  This year, both look like they’re on their way to another trip to January.  It all comes down to the Steelers defense against the Titans offense, and the Steelers defense is simply too tough.

Florio’s pick:  Steelers 13, Titans 9.

Rosenthal’s take: The Titans were my pick to win the AFC South in the PFT Season Preview, so I’m basically going to take them at home unless they are facing the ’85 Bears.  The Steelers defense isn’t at that level, but it could wind up being the best in 2010.  Pittsburgh can neutralize Chris Johnson — they held him to 57 yards in last year’s opener.  So it will come down Vince Young versus Dennis Dixon and Young should be up for the challenge. 

Rosenthal’s pick: Titans 14, Steelers 10.

Seahawks at Broncos

Florio’s take:  Former Broncos quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, who was essentially run off when Josh McDaniels became the head coach, returns to town with a team that unexpectedly won in Week One by 25 points.  But it’s one thing to put a pasting on the 49ers at home in the season opener, it’s quite another to do it in Denver.

Florio’s pick:  Broncos 24, Seahawks 17.

Rosenthal’s take: These teams that are a total mystery, especially the Seahawks.  Can Seattle play so inspired without the 12th man?  What is this team good at precisely?  It looks like Pete Carroll is going to make this defense better and more interesting.  The offense has work to do.  In Denver, I know what I’m getting from Kyle Orton and his band of merry secondary receivers.  The Broncos can beat suspect NFC West teams at home.

Rosenthal’s pick: Broncos 28, Seahawks 21.

Rams at Raiders

Florio’s take:  The Rams looked better than expected in Week One; the Raiders looked far worse.  But Oakland is at home and the Rams are still learning how to win.  Though neither team will be embarrassed, look for the Raiders to take care of business in the Black Hole.

Florio’s pick: Raiders 17, Rams 10.

Rosenthal’s take: The optimism stops here for one of these teams. The Raiders wouldn’t be able to sell progress after a blowout loss on the road and a home loss to the Rams.  Sam Bradford has given the Rams hope for the future, but the present looks awfully bleak if they go 0-2 with a soft opening schedule.  Two Raiders, including Jason Campbell, alluded to being overconfident heading into the Titans game.  You know, because of their draft grades.  Losing 11 or more games for seven years hasn’t humbled this franchise.  Maybe losing to the Rams will. 

Rosenthal’s pick: Rams 21, Raiders 17.

Texans at Redskins

Florio’s take:  The reunion of the Shanahans and Gary Kubiak adds intrigue to a game that suddenly has become one of the best of the weekend give the teams’ performances in Week One.  We’ll quickly find out whether Houston tailback Arian Foster rolled up all those yards because he played against a bad run defense or because the Texans have become the ultimate “pick your poison” pass/run attack.  And we’ll find out whether the Redskins’ offense can score a touchdown or two without having it handed to them.

Florio’s pick:  Texans 27, Redskins 24.

Rosenthal’s take: Matt Schaub and Gary Kubiak are road favorites coming off a huge win. This is exactly the game they usually trip over, which worries me. Also worrisome:  Every aspect of the Redskins offense except their tackle play.  (How odd is that?)  Washington just doesn’t have enough firepower to hang with Houston, who should give Arian Foster a break and only rush him 25 times this week. 

Rosenthal’s pick: Texans 24, Redskins 17.

Patriots at Jets

Florio’s take:  During an offseason of incessant Jets chirping, the Patriots have remained largely silent.  Apart from Tom Brady’s acknowledgement that he hates the Jets, the Pats have avoided the trash talk.  Instead, the Patriots have saved it for the field, and the Jets may have a hard time saving themselves as the Pats make the only kind of statement that truly matters in football.

Florio’s pick:  Patriots 35, Jets 13.

Rosenthal’s take: What goes up in the NFL usually comes down. And vice versa.  An overconfident team loses one week, gets ripped, and plays hungry the next time out.  Last year, Rex Ryan called the Jets’ Week Two game against the Patriots the team’s Super Bowl.  This one is far more important.  The Jets know they can’t go 0-2 at home to start the year. The Jets defense still looks great. The offense can find a way on the ground.  Don’t crown the Patriots yet; this will be a season-long battle.

Rosenthal’s pick: Jets 20, Patriots 16.

Jaguars at Chargers

Florio’s take:  Most expected one of these teams to be 1-0 and the other to be 0-1; few expected that the Jaguars would be undefeated and that the Chargers would be winless.  Though it may feel like a home game for the Jaguars since the stadium will be partially empty (rim shot!), the Chargers have the horses to get back to 1-1 against a Jaguars team that overachieved against the Broncos.

Florio’s pick:  Chargers 30, Jaguars 21.

Rosenthal’s take: The Chargers talked all offseason about avoiding yet another slow start to the year, and then slogged through a loss in the Kansas City rain.  Weather should be more conducive to vertical passing in San Diego this week. I don’t trust either secondary or either pass rush, even if Aaron Kampman looks like a fine pickup.  I’ll take Philip Rivers in a shootout over David Garrard every time.

Rosenthal’s pick: Chargers 34, Jaguars 26.

Giants at Colts

Florio’s take:  Peyton Manning has started 0-1 only three times in his 13-year career.  Only once, as a rookie in 1998, has Peyton Manning begun a season at 0-2.  This time around, Peyton takes an 0-1 mark into his second career game against his kid brother.  And more importantly than not going 0-2 to Peyton will be avoiding losing to Eli.  Sometimes, it really is that simple.

Florio’s pick:  Colts 31, Giants 19.

Rosenthal’s take: Both brothers have grown up a lot since the last Manning Bowl.  Peyton won a Super Bowl and did the United Way spot on Saturday Night Live.  Eli won a Super Bowl, got significantly better after the title, and adjusted his Southern fraternity mop top.  That makes this a fair fight, especially if the Giants pass rush has truly reawakened.  Fair, but not equal.  Peyton is still the one with MVPs and Peyton doesn’t start the year 0-2.

Rosenthal’s pick: Colts 34, Giants 30.

Saints at 49ers

Florio’s take:  Rarely if ever has a team with high expectations imploded as quickly as the 49ers.  They open their home schedule with a visit from the Saints, who will have had the longest possible non-bye-week time to prepare for the game, playing on a Thursday and next on the following Monday, 11 days later.  After the game, Niners coach Mike Singletary will be thanking Sean Payton in the same way Singletary thanked Pete Carroll.  

Florio’s pick:  Saints 30, 49ers 13.

Rosenthal’s take: Weirdly dangerous game for the Saints against an ornery 49ers team.  New Orleans fans don’t like that I questioned their run defense this week, but one game doesn’t erase all of last season and a shaky linebacker group.  Luckily, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams doesn’t have to get too creative to stop Alex Smith and the 49ers passing attack.  Load up the box, and dare Smith to beat you.  The Saints are in Payton/Brees version 5.0.  The essentially can do anything they choose with a veteran group of receivers.  The 49ers can’t get the play calls in on time.

Rosenthal’s pick: Saints 27, 49ers 21.

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Sam Bradford returns to Philly with better knowledge of Vikings offense

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) throws a pass over Houston Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, right, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) AP

At one point, it appeared the Vikings and Eagles were on a collision course for a battle of unbeatens. But Philly failed to hold up its end of the bargain, losing a pair of games after the bye.

The Vikings now emerge from their own bye, with quarterback Sam Bradford saying “hello” again to the city where he spent 2015. The extra two weeks gives him more time to learn the offense — and the Vikings more time to tweak it.

For example, Vikings play-by-play announcer (and half of the PA and Florio podcast) Paul Allen said on Friday’s PFT Live that offensive coordinator Norv Turner has used more shotgun formation in order to give Bradford more time, so that he can minimize big hits.

Still, the big hits have happened. Bradford absorbed a hard shot from Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus in Week Five, taking a helmet to the chin and the turf to the back of the head. But Bradford got up and kept going.

Whether that continues remains to be seen. The Eagles surely will come after him, focusing on weaknesses in the offensive line and perhaps sending extra defenders to overwhelm the pass protection. Whether Bradford can stand tall in the face of the pressure and deliver accurate throws and can keep getting up and doing it again will go along way toward determining whether the only undefeated team in the NFL can extend their record to 6-0.

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Todd Bowles attributes Matt Forte’s struggles to blocking not age

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Running back Matt Forte #22 of the New York Jets stands during the national anthem prior to the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

After generating 196 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the team’s first two games, Jets running back Matt Forte has seen his production drop significantly in four straight losses — from 65 yards to 27 to 53 to 19. He also has a career-low 3.5 yards per carry.

Those numbers prompted reporters to ask coach Todd Bowles whether Forte’s struggles are due to the fact that he’ll turn 31 in early December.

“No, I don’t,” Bowles said Friday. “[H]e can still run the ball. We knew his age when we signed him. It’s not about age in this league, it’s about production. There are a lot of older players that can play. If things are going well, you’re good on the plus side of 30. If things aren’t going well, they say you’re old on the plus side of 30. That’s just part of the business.”

Bowles sees the problem as being more basic.

“We got to open up some holes for him,” Bowles said. “It’s really simple. We have to block better. We have to call better plays and we have to execute better.”

Bowles added that Forte bears some of the responsibility for the struggles.

“Matt can break some tackles. He can run through some people and run through some arm tackles,” Bowles said. “He can do better too.”

Unless Forte is, you know, simply getting old.

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Von Miller adjusts to getting triple-and-a-half teamed

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 13:   Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks to pass under pressure from  Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos during the first half of a game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Getty Images

Broncos linebacker Von Miller, with a Super Bowl MVP trophy and a record-setting contract, has drawn plenty of attention from opposing offenses this year.

So what’s the worst he has seen?

“About three guys, three-and-a-half guys,” Miler said recently on PFT Live. “You know they might motion a receiver and he’ll get a chip and they might keep the tight end in, and the offensive tackle. Then the running back might come out and chip a little bit, too. So probably like three-and-a-half guys. But whenever teams are doing stuff like that I got a whole team, a whole defense full of stars, so it just gives other guys on my team opportunities to make plays.”

The Broncos defense making plenty of plays again this year. Recently, however, they’ve been giving up too many points on the first drive of the game.

“[L]ast year we gave up 18.5 points per game and this year we are giving up 18 points per game,” defensive coordinator Wade Phillips told reporters on Friday. “It’s not good when you get behind early like that, so it’s something we’re obviously trying not to do. We’re giving up the same amount of points, but you’d rather not give them up the first series of the game where it hurts your team as far as mentally getting behind in the game. We played well after that. We’re addressing it. It still ends up the same number of points, but like I said, it’s not the way you want to do it.”

The Broncos have won the toss and deferred in each of the last two games. And, in each of the last two games, the Broncos have given up a touchdown to the opposing team.

Miller is doing his part to keep that from happening, with 7.5 sacks in six games and an ongoing moratorium on cheese sticks and three-pump celebrations. For more on all those topics, check out the interview.

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Tackling a player by the hair is legal, not a horse-collar tackle

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16: Running back Rob Kelley #32 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball against free safety Jalen Mills #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at FedExField on October 16, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

On Sunday Washington running back Rob Kelley ran for 45 yards before he was caught from behind by Philadelphia defensive back Rodney McLeod, who grabbed Kelley’s long dreadlocks and yanked him down by the hair. An official threw a flag for a horse-collar tackle.

But after a conference, the referee announced that there was no foul on the play. And NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino said in a video distributed to the media today that the officials made the right decision by not calling a penalty.

“The issue is whether he grabs inside the collar or the shoulder pad, grabs the jersey at the name plate or above, or grabs the hair,” Blandino said. “You could see the player actually grabs the hair, not the back of the jersey at the nameplate and not inside the collar. Grabbing the hair and pulling the runner toward the ground is legal.”

Players who choose to wear their hair long enough that it hangs out the backs of their helmets need to beware: That hair is fair game for any opponent who wants to pull it.

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Week Seven injury report roundup

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 22:  Tight end Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals hauls in a fourth quarter touchdown over strong safety Tony Jefferson #22 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Bengals 34-31.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Week Six kicked off on Thursday night with a Packers win and it continues with 13 more games on Sunday, which means that the 26 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players who are on active rosters and don’t appear below should be considered in the lineup barring any announcements on Saturday. The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Giants vs. Rams (in London)

Giants S Nat Berhe (concussion), T Marshall Newhouse (calf) and S Darian Thompson (foot) have been ruled out. LS Zak DeOssie (ankle) is questionable.

The Rams won’t have DT Michael Brockers (thigh) or CB Trumaine Johnson (ankle) on Sunday. WR Nelson Spruce (calf) and G Jamon Brown (hand) are listed as doubtful while DE Robert Quinn (shoulder) and DE William Hayes (ankle) are questionable.

Browns at Bengals

CB Joe Haden (groin) is doubtful for the Browns. The team ruled out CB Marcus Burley (hamstring), WR Corey Coleman (hand), TE Seth DeValve (knee) and QB Josh McCown (left shoulder). DE Xavier Cooper (shoulder), WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) and TE Randall Telfer (ankle) are listed as questionable.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) is questionable to make his first appearance of the 2016 season and the only player with an injury designation this week.

Redskins at Lions

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) is out again this week and WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) is questionable.

TE Eric Ebron (ankle, knee), LB DeAndre Levy (quadricep, knee), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), RB Theo Riddick (ankle) and T Corey Robinson (ankle) have been ruled out by the Lions. DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle), G Larry Warford (groin), RB Dwayne Washington (ankle) and LB Tahir Whitehead (abdomen) have been listed as questionable.

Raiders at Jaguars

The Raiders listed OL Vadal Alexander (ankle) as doubtful. They also listed OL Jon Feliciano (calf), C Rodney Hudson (knee), G Gabe Jackson (knee), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder) and T Menelik Watson (calf) as questionable.

Jaguars T Kelvin Beachum (ankle), TE Julius Thomas (ankle), WR Neal Sterling (foot) and DE Jared Odrick (hip) all got questionable tags.

Saints at Chiefs

Saints LB Stephone Anthony (hamstring), CB Delvin Breaux (fibula), LB Dannell Ellerbe (quadricep), RB Daniel Lasco (hamstring), CB Sterling Moore (abdomen) and T Andrus Peat (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday. DE Paul Kruger (back) and T Terron Armstead (knee) are listed as questionable.

RB Jamaal Charles (knee) is listed as questionable after a limited practice for the Chiefs on Friday. CB Phillip Gaines (knee) is also questionable.

Bills at Dolphins

Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is listed as questionable along with TE Charles Clay (ankle), RB Jerome Felton (back), T Cordy Glenn (ankle), C Patrick Lewis (knee), CB Kevon Seymour (shoulder) and DT Kyle Williams (neck). T Seantrel Henderson (back) is out while DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring) and WR Robert Woods (foot) are doubtful.

The Dolphins ruled out TE Jordan Cameron (concussion), CB Xavien Howard (knee) and TE Dion Sims (concussion). RB Arian Foster (hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (groin), CB Tony Lippett (hamstring) and LB Spencer Paysinger (hamstring, calf) have been listed as questionable.

Ravens at Jets

The Ravens are set to play without several starters on Sunday, although QB Joe Flacco (shoulder, questionable) looks in good shape after returning to practice Friday. LB Elvis Dumervil (foot) and LB C.J. Mosley (thigh) have been ruled out while S Kendrick Lewis (thigh), WR Steve Smith (ankle), LB Terrell Suggs (biceps), CB Shareece Wright (thigh) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) are unlikely to play after getting doubtful tags. WR Kamar Aiken (thigh), WR Devin Hester (thigh), CB Jerraud Powers (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (concussion) and T Ronnie Stanley (foot) are all listed as questionable.

T Ryan Clady (shoulder), C Nick Mangold (knee) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) were listed as questionable by the Jets. TE Braedon Bowman (knee), LB Darron Lee (ankle), T Brent Qvale (neck) and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) have been ruled out.

Vikings at Eagles

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) and WR Laquon Treadwell (thumb) are both questionable to play and WR Jarius Wright (ankle) is doubtful. DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) and TE MyCole Pruitt (knee, back) have been ruled out.

The Eagles listed CB Ron Brooks (calf), LB Mychal Kendricks (ribs), DT Bennie Logan (groin) and CB Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) as questionable.

Colts at Titans

The Colts won’t have much work to do on an inactive list with TE Dwayne Allen (ankle), DT Henry Anderson (knee), WR Phillip Dorsett (foot, hamstring), DT Zach Kerr (ankle), LB Curt Maggitt (ankle), G Jack Mewhort (tricep) and WR Donte Moncrief (shoulder) ruled out already. CB Darius Butler (calf, hamstring), S T.J. Green (knee), C Jonotthan Harrison (illness) and WR T.Y. Hilton (hip) got designated as questionable.

The Titans are in better shape than their AFC South rivals as they have no players with injury designations.

Chargers at Falcons

The Chargers will play without S Jahleel Addae (collarbone), LB Jeremiah Attaochu (ankle) and CB Brandon Flowers (concussion). WR Travis Benjamin (knee) is questionable.

WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion) and CB C.J. Goodwin (hamstring) are out for the otherwise healthy Falcons.

Buccaneers at 49ers

The bye week wasn’t enough time for Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers (ankle), RB Doug Martin (hamstring) and DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring) to get healthy. They’re out for Sunday and CB Jude Adjei-Barimah (knee), C Joe Hawley (knee), DT Gerald McCoy (calf), WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and TE Luke Stocker (ankle) are listed as questionable.

RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) is out for the 49ers. DT Glenn Dorsey (knee), CB Rashard Robinson (concussion) and WR Torrey Smith (back) are questionable.

Patriots at Steelers

TE Martellus Bennett (ankle), RB Brandon Bolden (knee), LB Jamie Collins (hip), WR Julian Edelman (foot), DT Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder), LB Shea McClellin (concussion), WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring), LB Elandon Roberts (ankle) and DT Vincent Valentine (back) were this week’s recipients of questionable designations from the Patriots.

The Steelers ruled out QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (knee), WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder), T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), DE Cam Heyward (hamstring), S Shamarko Thomas (groin) and C Cody Wallace (knee).

Seahawks at Cardinals

S Kam Chancellor (groin) is doubtful to play after missing last week’s Seahawks win. DE Quinton Jefferson (knee), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (ankle), RB Thomas Rawls (fibula) and TE Luke Willson (knee) will not play.

Carson QB Carson Palmer (hamstring) is listed as questionable, but got in a full practice on Friday. WR Jaron Brown (knee) is also questionable while WR John Brown (leg) and LB Gabe Martin (knee) are doubtful. DT Ed Stinson (toe) is out.

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Browns promote rookie defensive back

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The Browns made a roster move Friday, promoting cornerback Darius Hillary to the active roster and releasing defensive lineman Gabe Wright.

The Browns have been ravaged by injuries in the secondary. With cornerback Joe Haden likely to miss a second straight game Sunday, Hillary should be active Sunday vs. the Bengals. Hillary, an undrafted rookie and a native of Cincinnati, spent the offseason with the Bengals and the first four weeks of this season on their practice squad.

Browns Coach Hue Jackson said Friday that the Browns will move rookie cornerback Tracy Howard to safety after placing starting safety Jordan Poyer on injured reserve earlier this week.

Wright has appeared in three games this season and has also spent time on the Browns’ practice squad.

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Kam Chancellor doubtful this week, but Jimmy Graham is OK

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Strong safety Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks heads off the field after warmups prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field on September 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Seahawks are likley to be without Kam Chancellor again this week.

The veteran safety is listed as doubtful for Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals, not making enough progress from the hip injury which kept him out of last week’s game.

He was injured in practice last week.

Tight end Jimmy Graham was held out of practice Thursday because of knee and hip injuries, but coach Pete Carroll told reporters Graham was “ready to go.”

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NFLPA issues statement on NFL placing Josh Brown on exempt list

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 22:  Robert Malone #8 of the New York Giants congratulates  Josh Brown #3 after Brown kicked a field goal in the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars during preseason action at MetLife Stadium on August 22, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL announced on Friday that Giants kicker Josh Brown has been placed on the Commissioner’s exempt list “to permit the league fully to review” documents from the King County (WA) Sheriff’s Office that it says it did not have access to before they were released this week.

In their letter to Brown, the NFL points out his right to appeal that decision. The NFL Players Association, which passed on an opportunity to comment earlier this week, has done the same in a statement about the league’s decision.

“The NFL has the ability to place a player on the exempt list and the player has the right to appeal that decision, if he chooses. The League office wanted unilateral control of this process and accordingly, their system lacks transparency.”

The league has cited “other incidents of abuse separate from the May 22, 2015 incident for which” Brown was suspended one game under the Personal Conduct Policy earlier this year. That phrasing suggests the league is trying to find a way to penalize Brown again, which would likely lead to a further response from the union given the way things played out in the Ray Rice case.

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Kawann Short fined $18,231 for hitting Drew Brees in face

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short (99) shoves New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) down by the face after Brees released a touchdown throw in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. Short was called for a personal foul on the play. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) AP

Saints quarterback Drew Brees thought Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short “straight punched me in the mouth.”

The league agreed.

Via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the NFL fined Short $18,231 for his roughing the passer penalty last week.

Short said he thought the hit looked worse than it was because of Brees’ stature, but he’s the one a little short in the wallet this week.

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Aaron Donald fined for crashing Lions kneeldown

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams walks off the field after being ejected for contact with an official during the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

At the end of last Sunday’s victory over the Rams, the Lions lined up for quarterback Matthew Stafford to take the familiar kneeldowns that run out the clock on a win.

The Rams weren’t willing to concede defeat, however, and defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Dominique Easley crashed into the Lions linemen on two straight snaps. They got pushed back into Stafford and Lions center Travis Swanson hurt his hand during the pushing and shoving that followed.

According to multiple reports, Donald has been fined $18,231 for unnecessary roughness as a result of the plays. Easley was not fined.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said that the call to rush the Lions didn’t come from the sideline and intimated that his players were frustrated by “some things that Aaron endured during the game” without elaborating on what those things might have been.

Donald was fined $21,269 after being ejected in Week One for making contact with an official.

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Vernon Davis fined for jump shot celebration

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16: Tight end Vernon Davis #85 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after scoring a second quarter touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on October 16, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis was fined $12,154 for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in last week’s win over the Eagles, the Washington Post reported.

Specifically, Davis was fined for simulating a jump shot while celebrating a touchdown. The NFL ruled that Davis shooting the ball over the goalpost constitutes using the ball and the goalpost as a prop, and that’s against the rules.

There is to be no fun in football or basketball, apparently.

The Redskins won the game, 27-20.

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Mewhort injury will cause Colts to shuffle line

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The Colts have ruled seven players out of Sunday’s game at Tennessee, most notably starting guard Jack Mewhort.

Colts Coach Chuck Pagano said rookie Joe Haeg took the majority of the reps at left guard this week. Haeg is listed as the team’s starting right tackle, and if he moves inside Joe Reitz figures to be the right tackle.

Pagano said Mewhort’s injury is more “week-to-week” than day-to-day but doesn’t know if Mewhort will miss additional games.

Also out for the Colts sunday are tight Dwayne Allen, defensive end Henry Anderson, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, defensive tackle Zach Kerr, linebacker Curt Maggitt and wide receiver Donte Moncrief. The Colts placed wide receiver Quan Bray on injured reserve earlier in the week, meaning they’re down to four healthy receivers for Sunday: T.Y. Hilton, Chester Rogers, Devin Street and Tevaun Smith.

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On Thursday, prosecutors decided not to file charges against Josh Brown

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Kicker Josh Brown #3 of the New York Giants looks on after an extra point against the Minnesota Vikings during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL’s biggest flaw in the handling of Josh Brown arose from its decision to impose discipline before the authorities had concluded their investigation. The conclusion of the investigation has allowed the prosecutor to conclude that no formal charges should be filed.

At the very end of the better-late-than-never-but-still-way-too-late report filed last month, Detective Robin Ostrum of the King County Sheriff’s Department explains that “[t]his case file will be sent to the King County Prosecutor’s Office for their review of filing charges of [two] counts of DV-Assault 4 Degree.”

Via, the King County Prosecutor determined on Thursday, October 20, to not file charges. The memo cites the reluctance of Molly Brown to cooperate with the case as the primary reason for the decision not to proceed.

The two counts mentioned by Detective Ostrum relate to the May 22, 2015 incident for which Brown was arrested, and a May 2014 incident that occurred after Josh Brown “had come home intoxicated after being at a bachelor party.” Molly Brown confronted Josh Brown for driving drunk, and she claimed that he responded by slamming her “into a large mirror with a very large frame around it,” and that she struck her head and left arm on the frame.

The impact caused a crack in the mirror, and she then fell and landed on a marble floor.

“Molly was face down on the floor and Josh held her down by putting his forearm across the back of her neck and laying on her with his full body weight,” Detective Ostrum wrote. “Molly’s face was pushed into the carpet and she stated that she could not move her heard or her body, and it made it very hard for her to breathe.”

Detective Ostrum personally inspected the crack in the mirror, and Josh and Molly Brown’s young daughter witnessed Josh holding Molly down on the floor.

The memo from the prosecutor also points out that the investigation was left open for a year in the event Molly Brown changed her mind. Still, the authorities seemed to move quickly to resolve the matter after the NFL imposed a one-game suspension on Josh Brown — and after media inquiries undoubtedly snowballed regarding the status of a case that quickly was growing stale.

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Patriots list nine questionable, including Jamie Collins

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 28:  Jamie Collins #91 of the New England Patriots defends a pass to Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers during their preseason NFL game at Bank of America Stadium on August 28, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots won’t have to face Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Sunday, but they still have some issues of their own.

They listed nine guys as questionable for this week, including linebacker Jamie Collins, who was out last week because of a hip injury.

Collins has been listed as a limited participant in practice all week.

Also questionable for the Patriots are tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle), running back Brandon Bolden (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (foot), defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder), defensive end Shea McClellin (concussion), wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring), linebacker Elandon Roberts (ankle) and defensive tackle Vincent Valentine (back).

Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is no longer listed on the report at all, as his shoulder issue isn’t even limiting him at this point.

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Antonio Andrews not fined for hit that ended Poyer’s season

Cleveland Browns free safety Jordan Poyer (33) walks off the field after being shaken up on a play against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) AP

Titans running back Antonio Andrews was not fined for his hit on Browns safety Jordan Poyer last Sunday that ended Poyer’s season, PFT has confirmed.

Poyer suffered a lacerated kidney and was hospitalized for two nights. Andrews was penalized for an illegal blindside block, but Andrews not being fined indicates that after further review of the play the league office believed there was no helmet-to-helmet contact and that Andrews did not lead with his helmet.

Poyer was not pleased that Andrews posted video of the play on his Instagram account with the tag, “relentless.” The Browns placed Poyer on injured reserve earlier this week.

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